Young people have a lot to say about the policies and decisions that affect them, and communities are starting to listen. Learn more about youth in advisory roles in Northwest Louisiana from Laura Alderman, Executive Director of Step Forward, and Bhavani Tivakaran, the president of the Teen Advisory Council at Airline High School. Their lightning talk on harnessing collective impact to move the needle on local change was presented at the LEAPS learning event, "Strengthening Youth Opportunity in Rural America," on May 20, 2019.

LEAPS, a 2-year initiative of BHP and the International Youth Foundation creates partnerships with local organizations in West Texas (greater Midland/Odessa area), South Texas (between San Antonio and Victoria), and Northwest Louisiana to equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in school, work, and life and to become more engaged members of their communities.